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Ann Arbor City Council Ward 3

The City Council is the legislative body that governs the city. The City Council consists of the Mayor and ten Council members, two from each of Ann Arbor's five wards. One half of City Council is elected in annual partisan elections. The members elected in 2017 will serve three-year terms. Those elected in 2018 will serve four-year terms.
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    Zachery Ackerman (Dem) Project Manager at Denison Consulting

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Biographical Information

What in your education and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this position?

What are your specific goals for the office and how will you work to accomplish them?

What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Ann Arbor in the next five years?

What changes would you like to see in the direction of City Council?

Which areas of the the city budget would You fight to retain or increase? Which areas would you be willing to cut?

Campaign Phone (734) 883-8391
How many years have you been a resident of Ann Arbor? 16 years
Education Proud graduate of the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the University of Michigan (BA)
For the last two years, I have been honored to represent the Third Ward on City Council. I have worked hard to provide responsive and effective representation. Through my service on Planning Commission, Parks Commission, Audit Committee, and Housing/Human Services Board, I have fought to bring millions of dollars of new and specific benefits back to the ward, like sidewalk on Ellsworth and Bryant Community Center expansion.

I also work for a management consulting firm. We help companies and governments manage financial risk and improve customer service. I bring that to work at City Hall everyday - smart policy with a focus on the resident.
While I am proud of our successes, there is still more to do. Learn more about my specific goals at the links below.

Infrastructure - ackermanforcouncil.com/basic-services Affordability - ackermanforcouncil.com/housing Environment - ackermanforcouncil.com/environment Transit - ackermanforcouncil.com/transit Parks - ackermanforcouncil.com/parks-street-trees Neighborhoods - ackermanforcouncil.com/neighborhoods

These are large and necessary goals. They will require open and deliberative discussion and constructive collaboration among residents, council, and experts. They cannot be rushed or used for political theater.
With state and federal governments that have abandoned their responsibilities to the people, resources will continue to be an issue. Right now, our recurring costs are rising faster than our recurring revenues. But, we also have one of the highest taxable values and tax rates in Michigan. A lot of these costs are legacy, like our nearly $200 million in unmet pension/retiree healthcare liability. Old models of government are not sustainable in this century. We need to keep working together to find new ideas and ways to cut costs, generate revenue, and still maintain the quality of service Ann Arbor residents demand and deserve.
The last two years have been productive and collaborative. We have worked hard to move past combative rhetoric and have focused on delivering tangible results that improve the quality of life for Ann Arbor residents.

- New roads plan that will reduce the number of potholes, without sacrificing the long-term care of our roadways. - New Urban Forestry Plan that will bring 1,000 new street trees to neighborhoods each year, funding their maintenance and pruning. - Rehabbed nearly every unit in our public housing system, ensuring that our most vulnerable can live safely. - Millions of dollars in new and specific benefits to the Third Ward
Our basic services and infrastructure are the most important investments we make. For example, public safety (Police, Fire, and Courts) make up about 50% of our general fund budget. However, we need to find new efficiencies to cut costs and find new revenue streams that do not put undue burden on our residents. For instance, we implemented a new roads plan that will quadruple the miles of roadwork each year through preventative maintenance. And, we rehabbed nearly every unit in our public housing system by leveraging $49 million in private and federal funds. Now we need to find efficient climate actions, like home weatherization.

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